Feminist Majority Foundation Hosts Third Global Awards Dinner
Co-chaired by Jay and Mavis Leno, the Feminist Majority Foundation's third Global Women's Rights Awards honored four extraordinary women's rights leaders in Beverly Hills on Monday. The event, an annual fundraiser for the Feminist Majority Foundation, brought together women leaders from around the world to celebrate and highlight the critical leadership women are providing globally and across the US in the pursuit of women's rights and environmental activism.
The 2007 honorees receiving the Eleanor Roosevelt Award for Global Women's Rights were Dr. Sima Samar, chair of the Afghanistan Independent Human Rights Commission and highest-ranking female in the Afghan government; Yanar Mohammed, founder and president of the Organization of Women's Freedom in Iraq; Dr. Rebecca Gomperts, founder of Women on Waves, a mobile clinic offering safe abortions and inspiring legalization campaigns internationally; and Laurie David, environmental leader and producer of the Oscar-winning film, An Inconvenient Truth. funny picturesfunny imagesfunny photosfunny animal picturesfunny dog picturesfunny cat picturesfunny gifs
Christine Lahti -- activist, director, and award-winning actor -- moderated the evening's panel conversation, which featured a forum with the honorees and Feminist Majority Foundation President Eleanor Smeal. For those in the audience, the panel conversation provided the opportunity to listen to the stories of the honorees and hear first-hand accounts of their tireless work for women's and human rights.
Hosted by Jay Leno, the evening's activities also included an auction, which featured items such as an original, first issue of Ms. magazine signed by Gloria Steinem. All funds raised during the auction and through the event directly help support the Feminist Majority Foundation's continuing efforts to raise the status of women and girls in this country and around the world.
8/28/2015 Alaska Court Protects Abortion Access for Low-Income Women - The Alaska Superior Court struck down a state law yesterday that would have severely limited abortion access for low-income women in Alaska.
The state's Superior Court also struck down a Department of Health and Social Services regulation that placed narrow specifications on Medicaid coverage for abortions, requiring that Medicaid-funded abortions be determined by a physician to be "medically necessary." Last year, the Center for Reproductive Rights, the American Civil Liberties Union, and Planned Parenthood sued on behalf of the Planned Parenthood of the Great Northwest, claiming that the narrow definition of "medically necessary" arbitrarily established conditions designed to restrict the ability of low-income women to access abortion services.
The law was temporarily blocked last July by an Alaskan state court judge.
Superior Court Judge John Suddock ordered yesterday that the state be blocked from implementing this regulation, ruling that it placed an undue burden on low-income women seeking abortion services in Alaska.
"By providing health care to all poor Alaskans except women who need abortions, the challenged regulation violates the state constitutional guarantee of 'equal rights, opportunities, and protection under the law'," the ruling read.
"We applaud the superior court for striing down these cruel restrictions on women's health and rights that violate the Alaska Constitution," said Chris Charbonneau, CEO of Planned Parenthood of the Great Northwest and the Hawaiian Islands. . . .
8/26/2015 Saudi Women Prepare to Vote for the First Time - The fight for gender equality is making slow but notable progress in Saudi Arabia, where women will be allowed to vote for the first time in upcoming December elections.
This shift in Saudi law came in 2011, when a royal decree announced that women would be allowed to vote and run in local elections beginning in December of 2015. . . .